Streets of Toronto prove challenging for drivers
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Streets of Toronto prove challenging for drivers


The drivers of Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire were faced with changing weather conditions for the Honda Indy Toronto weekend with some exciting turn of events throughout Friday and Saturday. All three classes, Grand Touring Class, Super Touring Class and Touring Class participated in this weekend's races. Round 5 started on a damp track, with the cars driving it dry by the end of the race. The drivers had a chance to experience the Toronto heat with the weather turning around on Saturday for Round 6.

Unfortunately, the drivers did not get more than 13 minutes of practice on Friday, and Samantha Tan didn't make it to the qualifying session and Round 5. "Tires were cold and I was still getting used to the track. I just turned a little bit too soon. I understeered, then oversteered, then understeered. By the time I corrected all that, my rear tire hit the end of the tire wall, which made me hit the wall," commented Samantha after she crashed on Friday. Team Octane managed to fix the car in time for the next round on Saturday evening. Despite the challenges faced by Samantha Tan, she finished on the podium in third place on Saturday in her MINI Cooper S JCW.

The Friday qualifying session ended abruptly due to Martin Crisp's crash, after he hit the wall after corner 11. Martin's car was badly damaged and he wasn't in a condition to complete the event, but luckily, he did not suffer any serious injuries. Martin commented on Facebook: "During qualifying this morning I pushed too hard and crashed into the wall. I really hurt my lower back but nothing appears to be broken. Very difficult to walk or stand. The car (Mazda MX5) is heavily damaged."

Round 5 was a very exciting race, with the top four drivers battling closely for first position throughout the race, especially in Super Touring Class. Gary Kwok finished first with Roger Ledoux and Nick Wittmer closely behind. In Touring Class, it was a MINI sweep as the podium finishers consisted of Michel Sallenbach, Alain Lauzière and Paul Gravel, all representing Team Octane in their MINIs. Similarly, Team Octane had Alain Lauzière and Samantha Tan on the podium for Round 6 on Saturday.
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